Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
By:
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum
Clearly the story of Purim ends well -- at least for the Jewish people. Near the end of the Megillah, Esther saves herself and our people through an act that is both honest and brave. But what happens next? What of Esther and her relationship with King Ahasuerus after these last miracles recorded in the Bible, the miracle of Haman's...
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By:
Lila Corwin Berman
Wait for a sunny day in Philadelphia and take a walk up North Broad Street. Start at City Hall and point yourself north, toward Temple University. If you have not strolled these parts recently, you may be surprised by the growth and development, as well as by the painful scenes. Stop on the front steps of Rodeph Shalom, roughly the...
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By:
Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler
Recent weeks have brought the issues of birth control, health care and other reproductive rights into the forefront of political debates.
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By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
The Jewish tradition seems to offer two distinct models of redemption: Purim and Pesach redemption. On Passover, the Haggadah emphasizes the exodus story as being about God lifting the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, carrying us from Egypt on eagles' wings. Pesach is about God redeeming us. Purim redemption, on the other hand, is about us redeeming ourselves. The Book...
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By:
Lee B. Rosenfield
Marriage equality is arguably the most important civil rights issue at this time. I am a 44-year-old man who has been in a loving and committed relationship with my "husband" for 17 years. We live in New Jersey with our two children and two dogs. My partner and I cannot get married because New Jersey currently does not recognize marriage...
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